First Year Experience

Learn more about the First Year Experience Program


All incoming first-year UTSC students are automatically enrolled in the First Year Experience Program! That means that you get access to a dedicated First Year Peer Advisor for the full year! Plus you're invited to come hang out with your Peer Advisors at the First Year Café! First-year students also receive the opportunity to participate in First Year Workshops & Socials!

  • First Year Peer Advisor

  • First Year Peer Advisors are upper-year students that help first-year students in their transition to university. Over the summer and prior to classes, your First Year Peer Advisor will contact you via email in order to share resources and to answer your questions. First Year Peer Advisors also help to host the First Year Café as well as the First Workshops & Socials.

  • First Year Cafe

  • The First Year Café is a drop-in space for first-year students to chat with Peer Advisors, meet fellow first-year students, or just to hang out or study. The First Year Café takes place Monday through Friday from 12pm-2pm in AC227 (behind AC223) during the first six weeks of classes.

  • First Year Socials

  • As a part of the First Year Experience Program, all first-year students are invited to participate in monthly socials & events to meet fellow first-year students. Past socials have included karaoke, pumpkin carving, gingerbread house decorating, and much more!

  • First Year Workshops

  • First-year students also have the opportunity to participate in weekly workshops related to academic, personal, and life skills development in order to help first-year students with their transition to university. To find out more about events and workshops, visit the Career Learning Network (CLN). CLN is a hub for campus events, on and off-campus jobs and volunteer opportunities, and appointments with campus services.

First Year Learning Communities

First Year Learning Communities help first-year students to make connections within their program of study. First Year Learning Communities are assigned based on UTSC’s Programs of Study. Discover which First-Year Learning Community is best for you!

Visit our website to sign up for this exclusive program. Spots are limited.